Patty Seyburn has published two books of poems: Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions, 1998) which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association's Notable Book Award for 2000. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Paris Review, New England Review, Field, Slate, Crazyhorse, Cutbank, Quarterly West, Bellingham Review, Connecticut Review, Cimarron Review, Third Coast, Gulf Coast, Poetry East, Passages North, Seneca Review, Mudfish, and Western Humanities Review. Her poems have been anthologized in Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2005), Chance of a Ghost (Helicon Nine Editions, 2005), American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2000), and American Diaspora: Poetry of Exile (University of Iowa Press, 2000). She grew up in Detroit, earned a BS and MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, an MFA in Poetry from University of California, Irvine, and a PhD in Poetry and Literature from the University of Houston. She has taught writing and literature courses at the University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts, University of Houston, and University of California, Irvine. She's written the lyrics for a musical based on J.B. Priestly's Lost Empires, poetry reviews for Slope and International Poetry Review, and is co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry, based in Los Angeles. She is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach.